<="story_subheadline">Polycom expands presence in New Zealand in response to increasing demand for unified communications solutions

AUCKLAND, New Zealand–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Polycom, Inc., (NASDAQ: PLCM) the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that it has established a new solutions center and office in New Zealand, located in Auckland’s Central Business District.

According to the 2011 Frost & Sullivan NZ Unified Communications market report, New Zealand’s unified communications sector was worth $113.3 million in 2010 and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.3 percent between 2011 and 2017, of which the growth of the video conferencing and collaboration sector is forecast at a CAGR of 15.6 percent.

Andre Clarke, New Zealand country manager at Frost & Sullivan commented, “Polycom has experienced strong growth in New Zealand driven by an equally strong demand for video collaboration solutions. New Zealand companies are realising that investing in video solutions starts paying for itself immediately with significant savings in travel costs and improvements in business productivity. Polycom’s commitment to providing productivity-enhancing video collaboration solutions gives it strong brand recognition in this rapidly expanding segment.”

Responding to New Zealand’s growing demand for unified communications and video collaboration solutions, the solutions center showcases the latest video, cloud, and mobility solutions. All designed to make video and voice collaboration simple to use, while meeting the diverse and often complex needs of New Zealand business, from large scale enterprise to SMBs and government departments.

“Video collaboration is becoming increasingly important and recognized as a mission-critical business solution to remove the barriers of distance and time, creating greater trust and understanding through visual connection. At Polycom we are committed to solving the challenge of being there through the power of video collaboration. Our new solutions center has been designed to offer practical video collaboration solutions that will transform the way people connect and share information whether they are in the office or on the move,” said Michael Chetner, vice president Asia Pacific, Polycom.

The solutions center will showcase Polycom RealPresence Platform, a comprehensive software infrastructure offering that provides secure, easy-to-use video collaboration across any combination of environments whether on the go, at home, or in the office. It provides an open standards-based foundation for integrating the diverse UC applications and infrastructure in most enterprise environments—from video endpoints to mobile devices to UC communications infrastructure from Microsoft, IBM, Broadsoft, Juniper, and Siemens, to name a few.

The Polycom solutions center, located in Auckland’s Shortland Street, allows customers and partners to participate in interactive demonstrations to experience the latest innovations in high-definition video, voice, and unified communications solutions. These include Polycom RealPresence Mobile, which delivers the latest mobility solutions, allowing executives to connect face-to-face while on the move to Polycom RealPresence Immersive, high definition (HD) quality immersive telepresence for truly lifelike across the table conversations that improve productivity and decision making.

The solutions center further expands Polycom’s presence in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region as a whole, and is the newest addition to Polycom’s network of solutions centers around the world, which continues to expand with recent openings in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Moscow, and Sydney.

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